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Doctors: Zero data links infertility, miscarriages to COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 8:28 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Doctors and medical experts are continuing to reiterate the rumors surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine and infertility are just that- rumors.

“It is a false rumor without data,” said Dr. Randy Hansbrough.

Some have believed that the COVID-19 vaccine leads to miscarriages and infertility and it has kept some women from getting vaccinated.

“We need to get as many people vaccinated or this is gonna last for a long time and I want to go back to normal life,” said Hansbrough.

Dr. Randy Hansbrough of Graves Gilbert also has a Ph.D. in science research and treats local COVID patients. He adds that the rumor stemmed from a posed question from a German epidemiologist during the beginning studies.

“It did start people saying, okay, we’re going to have to disprove this. So it’s led to a lot of observational studies, looking for signs of miscarriage or infertility in patients,” he said.

Scientists and doctors have analyzed this specific curious question with targeted research and have not found anything substantial at this time.

“So it started as speculation. It’s become kind of a rumor, and even the guy who started it wasn’t convinced,” explained Hansbrough. “It wasn’t a malicious rumor. It was a scientist trying to speculate things and say, ‘hey, can infidelity be a problem?’”

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has caused one in a million blood clots, specifically in women. While a different type of blood clot, doctors say a woman is more likely to get one from a birth control pill over the vaccine.

“There’s a lot of medicines like that-- birth control pills have a risk of blood clots and others are deemed to be safe enough there’s a little bit of risk,” said Hansbrough.

The CDC has a database with nearly 90,000 vaccinated pregnant women; Almost 5,000 of them are being closely monitored, none of which have raised any significant red flags.

“They check on them to see how their pregnancies go on and see what’s happening. And in none of those cases have they seen any problems with fetal loss or infertility,” said Hansbrough.

If a pregnant woman were to test positive for COVID, doctors say the risk factors are much higher.

The CDC says women could experience premature birth if they contract the virus during pregnancy.

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